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ALI MOORE, PRESENTER: It was a widely anticipated event and for the overwhelming majority of people
who turned out for the occasion, it didn't disappoint.

This afternoon, Pope Benedict XVI delivered his first formal address to hundreds of thousands of
pilgrims, gathered in Sydney for World Youth Day.

It capped off a big day for the pontiff; a day which began with an official welcome at Government
House and ended with adoring fans cheering him along the streets.

In between, however, there were disappointments: the victims of religious sexual abuse were left
out of the day's celebrations, and any last minute hopes the Pope would finally declare Australia's
Mary MacKillop a universal saint were dashed.

Sharon O'Neill reports.

SHARON O'NEILL, REPORTER: It was the moment around 140,000 pilgrims had been waiting for: Pope
Benedict XVI travelled across Sydney Harbour by boat, before arriving to a rock star welcome. In
his first public address to the masses, the Pope expressed his sympathy for the injustices suffered
by Indigenous Australians, acknowledged the threat to the earth's environment and urged his young
audience to embrace love, unity and truth.

POPE BENEDICT XVI: Let this be the message that you bring from Sydney to the world.

SHARON O'NEILL: But for those who were hopeful the Pope would use his opening address to apologise
to the victims of sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy, there was disappointment.

CHRISTINE MACISAAC, BROKEN RITES: The Pope, not to respond, just further shows that the Catholic
Church do not take this issue of sexual abuse of children by priests and brothers seriously.

SHARON O'NEILL: The sexual abuse issue has dogged the World Youth Day celebrations this week, and
today Anthony and Christine Foster, the parents of two girls who were raped by a Melbourne priest
when they were in primary school, flew into Sydney from Europe, to try and seek an audience with
the Pope.

One of the Fosters' daughters, Emma, committed suicide earlier this year. But Mr Foster says his
intention is to seek redress for all victims of sexual abuse by the clergy.

ANTHONY FOSTER, FATHER: This is really about carrying on in the spirit which was a very caring
spirit to try and get more support for the victims that are still suffering, like she did for so
very long.

SHARON O'NEILL: There was also disappointment, albeit a different kind, from those who were hoping
that Pope Benedict XVI would use his visit to Mark MacKillop's Memorial Chapel today to finally
declare Australia's first saint.

PILGRIM: I, like a lot of other pilgrims, was hoping.

SHARON O'NEILL: But for those who have been working tirelessly towards the canonisation of Mary
MacKillop, the Pope's silence on the subject today was not surprising.

PAUL GARDINER, CHURCH FATHER: I don't think it was ever possible for that to happen, unless the
Pope took the law into his own hands and said, "Well, whatever about the rules that are papal rules
- I'm the Pope and I'm going to ignore them."

SHARON O'NEILL: While the Pope stuck to papal rules, back in Rome, the work to make Mary MacKillop
a saint continues.

Between them, Sister Maria Casey and Father Paul Gardiner, have racked up more than 30 years of
work on the canonisation case. The Catholic Church requires two miracles for a saint to be
declared. They've already accepted one: a woman who was cured of leukaemia, and now these devotees
of Mark MacKillop are very close to getting over the line with miracle number two.

MARIA CASEY, CHURCH SISTER: This case we have brought to Reims is about a lady who was cured of
lung cancer.

SHARON O'NEILL: The lady in question does not want her identity revealed, but she has an
extraordinary story. In the mid-1990s, she was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and
secondaries in the brain. With virtually no effective treatment options, she chose to go home and
spend what time she had left with her family.

MARIA CASEY: They decided that they would prey to Mary MacKillop at this stage and her friends
rallied round. Once they too recovered from the shock, they contacted the sisters at North Sydney
where Mary MacKillop's shrine is. They joined in what we call a Novena prayer.

SHARON O'NEILL: The woman waited to die, even decided with her husband that her ashes should be
scattered in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. But she didn't die, and eight months after the
initial diagnosis, she went back to see her doctor.

MARIA CASEY: The radiologist came out and said, "I think there's been a mistake. I have the wrong
film. I must take another X-ray." So when he took the second X-ray, he came back and he said, "No.
There is no cancer. It's gone."

SHARON O'NEILL: Father Paul Gardiner and Sister Maria Casey are confident this case has all the
requirements need to be accepted as a miracle.

PAUL GARDINER: You have to link the recovery of the person in a way that the medical people can't
explain. In the case that we are considering, that is, the simplicity of it is that they haven't
been able to make any explanation at all of what happened. They simply say this is inexplicable.
And that's all the Church wants.

SHARON O'NEILL: The family of Sophie Delezio firmly believe that their daughter is alive today only
through the intervention of Mary MacKillop. In 2005, this little girl was gravely injured when a
car crashed through the front of her pre-school. She suffered third degree burns to more than 85
per cent of her body as well as losing her feet, fingers and an ear.

RON DELEZIO, FATHER: Well, right from the start, no one had ever survived injuries such as what
Sophie went through. So when we saw our chief surgeon, the chief surgeon of the hospital walk out
of the operating theatre after a procedure that had never been done before with his hands up in the
air saying, "It's a miracle! It's a miracle!", you've got to treat those sort of comments very
seriously because they're experienced doctors.

SHARON O'NEILL: Sophie Delezio's mother Caroline Martin had been a frequent visitor to the Mary
MacKillop Chapel prior to her daughter's accident. Both her children were baptised there.

CAROLINE MARTIN, MOTHER: I would say to Sophie that Mary MacKillop is holding you hand and she will
never let your hand go.

SOPHIE DELEZIO, BURN VICTIM: You've said that heaps of times.

CAROLINE MARTIN: Yeah, I know I've said that heaps of times.

SOPHIE DELEZIO: And, I can never forget that so never say that again.

SHARON O'NEILL: But the case of Sophie Delezio didn't fit the strict requirements from Rome. A
miracle can only occur if there has been no medical intervention.

MARIA CASEY: Sophie herself had many, many months of treatment and medical intervention and still
has that kind of intervention and will so for years. But the very fact that she's alive I do
believe is miraculous.

SHARON O'NEILL: For the sisters of St Joseph, the order founded by Mary MacKillop, Sophie Delezio's
story is one of many that has been presented to them.

SHEILA MCCREANOR, CHURCH SISTER: From about 1925, the formal processes started. In our archives,
we've got boxes of letters of people who have written in reporting that they've had cures or
favours given through preying to Mary MacKillop right up to the present time. We're still receiving
them every day.

SHARON O'NEILL: Mary MacKillop died in 1909, aged 67. She devoted her life to care and education of
the poor and those most vulnerable. In 1995 in Sydney, Mary MacKillop was beatified by Pope John
Paul II in a ceremony marking the first stage towards her universal sainthood. Now that it's clear
Pope Benedict will have no announcement this time round, Mary MacKillop's supporters are hoping
that next year, which will mark 100 years since her death, will be a good opportunity for
Australia's own saint to finally be recognised.

(To Sheila McCreanor) What do you think she would make of this process?

SHEILA MCCREANOR: I think she might be quietly laughing and having a little smile about the whole
thing.

ALI MOORE: Sharon O'Neill with that report.